Schools Briefs: Robotics, art and more

BCS sixth-graders compete in robotics

The Yomibots, Bullis Charter School’s five-member robotics team, are scheduled to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League championships Sunday, after a first-place finish at a competition in November.

Sixth-graders Gabriel Ancajas, Nikash Gupta, Sean Herby, Chase Omura and Alex Zaretzki invented the Greymobile, a bike that can deliver greywater (recycled water without much contamination) to water plants.

“Watching the robots being successful is really fun, because you can see all of your hard work pay off,” said team member Sean about the Greymobile.

The Yomibots name comes from a combination of team member Chase’s favorite stuffed animal, Yomiko, and the word “robots,” according to Gabriel.

For Gabriel’s first-person account of the invention, see the “Student Voices” column on page 19.

Mtn. View City Hall features CSMA artwork

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual student and faculty art exhibition, “Art Shapes the World,” Feb. 1-28 in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St.

An opening reception is set for 3-6 p.m. Feb. 2. The Huff School Honor Choir, led by CSMA music teacher Christina Christiansen, is slated to perform at 4 p.m.

The collaborative display will feature approximately 360 works of art created by K-8 students in CSMA’s Art4Schools program and their art teachers from more than 30 local elementary and middle schools.

Admission is free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, visit

BCS students stage musical this week

Bullis Charter School middle-school students are slated to bring “Urinetown” to the stage Thursday through Saturday. The musical is a tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold and it’s a privilege to relieve oneself.

Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, at Bullis Charter School, 102 Portola Ave., Los Altos.

Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before curtain time, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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